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Rebel fighters fire a heavy machine gun at the government forces Al-Samman checkpoint on a road leading to Idlib near the Syrian city of Hama. More than 140,000 people have been killed in three years of fighting, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Free Syrian Army rebels gather inside a cave in Idlib, northwest Syria. A fatwa allowing people to eat cats and dogs has been issued in rebel-held areas of southern Damascus, residents say, underscoring the plight of citizens as the civil war rages a short drive from the centre of the Syrian capital, where UN chemical weapons inspectors are staying.
Syrian internally displaced children gather outside their temporary home at an abandoned land where they have taken shelter after fleeing their village that turned into a battlefield between government forces and Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib province, northern Syria. Arabic on the wall reads, “hell of the revolutionaries or Bashar’s heaven.”
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Two girls walk with their mother as she turns to look at smoke billowing from three shells dropped on the town of Al-Bara in the northwestern province of Idlib.